The Beast from the Sea

Unknownabout 1255 - 1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon its horns ten crowns . . . . And the beast . . . was like a leopard, and its feet were like the feet of a bear, and its mouth like the mouth of a lion. (Apocalypse 13:1-2) From the top of a small hillock, this terrifying hybrid beast seems to confront Saint John, who pulls his cloak tightly around him . To the far right, a boat is just visible on the sea.

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  • Title: The Beast from the Sea
  • Date Created: about 1255 - 1260
  • Location Created: London (probably), England
  • Physical Dimensions: w22.5 x h31.9 cm
  • Type: Folio
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  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=3366
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, colored washes, pen and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Unknown
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  • Subject: Demons, Saint John the Evangelist